Mathematics

Mathematics is an integral part of our everyday lives and it appears in many different forms. 

When we use the telephone, manage our finances, travel abroad, play football, decorate our houses; Mathematics underpins it all.  Mathematics also plays an important part in over half of the job market in the UK.  Medicine, Architecture, Joinery, Building, Packaging and Engineering are some examples of hundreds of careers which are heavily reliant on Mathematics.

Our department has a suite of eight well-resourced classrooms.  Teachers have access to up-to-date technology, such as data projectors, interactive whiteboards and tablet PCs.  ICT suites are also available for students to use.  The highly skilled and experienced Mathematics teachers at The Catholic High School Chester use innovative teaching methods to empower students to take responsibility for their own learning.  Our aim is not only to deliver the Mathematics curriculum to our students, but to develop their thinking skills and metacognition, to enable them to make decisions, solve problems and reflect, evaluate and improve on their own learning.  We recognise the importance of enjoyment in Mathematics and combine essential practice with a variety of engaging activities. 

The Curriculum

We are proud to offer a personalised curriculum for students of all ability levels.  Our close relationship with our feeder primary schools allows us to get to know our students before they join us in Year 7.  This ensures that all students receive sufficient support to allow them to make progress from their first day at The Catholic High School Chester.  Support packages offered to our students include additional focus sessions and student mentoring.

All students follow the 1MA1 linear GCSE run by Edexcel.  We believe in giving students the opportunity to sit examinations when they are at the appropriate stage of their learning, regardless of age.  Some of our more able and talented students will therefore sit GCSE Mathematics early and have the opportunity to progress onto Level 2 Further Mathematics, giving them useful insight into A Level Mathematics.

Key areas of study are:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

Awarding Body New Maths GCSE 

A Level Mathematics

A Level Mathematics is a highly regarded subject which complements the majority of other subjects.  Many of the country’s top universities look favourably upon students with A Level Mathematics, as it provides a broad skill set which can be transferred to a wide range of disciplines.  Recent reports suggest that A Level Mathematicians go on to earn 10% higher salaries than other A Level students, with careers in Medicine, Accounting, Finance, Architecture, Insurance and Computing among the most common.

Students follow the A Level specification run by Edexcel which consists of six modules.  The course runs as follows:

Year 12

Core 1:  Algebra and Functions, Differentiation, Integration, Arithmetic Progressions, Coordinate Geometry.

Core 2:  Polynomials, Circle Geometry, Geometric Progressions, The Binomial Expansion, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Applications of Calculus.

Statistics 1:  Mathematical Modelling, Representing Data, Probability, Correlation and Regression, Discrete Random Variables, The Normal Distribution.

Year 13

Core 3:  Algebra and Functions, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Further Differentiation and Integration, Numerical Methods.

Core 4:  Algebra and Functions, Parametric Equations, Binomial Series, Differential Equations, Integration by Substitution, Integration by Parts, Vectors.

Mechanics 1:  Mathematical Modelling, Vectors, Kinematics, Dynamics, Statics, Moments. 

A Level Further Mathematics

For students with a serious interest in Mathematics, Further mathematics A Level provides an opportunity to explore more complex mathematical ideas.  Students who take this challenging course find it an enjoyable and empowering experience, which offers the exposure to establish themselves as outstanding mathematicians.  A Level Further Mathematics students applying to study university courses with a mathematical content, often find that they receive lower conditional offers than other students.  Furthermore, some prestigious universities will only offer places to students with at least an AS Level in Further Mathematics, particularly if they are applying to study Mathematics.

Further Mathematics A Level is also divided into six modules.  The course runs as follows:

Year 12

Further Pure 1: Complex Numbers, Solving Equations, Coordinate Systems, Matrix Algebra, Series, Proof.

Decision 1: Algorithms, Algorithms on Graphs, Route Inspection, Critical Path Analysis, Linear Programming, Matchings.

Mechanics 2: Kinematics, Centre of Mass, Work and Energy, Collisions, Statics of Rigid Bodies. 

Year 13

Further Pure 2: Inequalities, Series, Further Complex Numbers, First and Second Order Differential Equations, Maclaurin and Taylor Series, Polar Coordinates.

Further Pure 3: Hyperbolic Functions, Further Coordinate Systems, Differentiation, Integration, vectors, Further Matrix Algebra.

Statistics 2:  The Binomial and Poisson Distributions, Continuous Random Variables, Continuous Distributions, Samples, Hypothesis Tests

Awarding body A Level Maths

The Department

Mr Pedder BSc                  The University of Liverpool                       (Head of Mathematics)

Mrs Wilkinson BSc           Edge Hill University                                    (Assistant Head of Mathematics)

Mr Godson BSc                 The University of Nottingham                  (Teacher of Mathematics)

Mrs Holmes BSc               The Open University                                  (Teacher of Mathematics)

Mrs Mulvey BSc               The University of Liverpool                       (Teacher of Mathematics)

Miss Roberts BSc             Liverpool John Moores University           (Teacher of Mathematics)